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Best credit cards for back-to-school expenses

With nearly 20 million American students heading for college and another 55 million kids in K-12 schools, parents often have to scramble for the extra cash necessary to buy books, clothing, backpacks, shoes, and everything else today's students need to succeed in the classroom. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American shoppers spent upwards of $7.4 [...]

Categories: Best Cards
How credit cards are wooing back the consumer

After the credit crunch and a series of new consumer protection laws, credit card companies have been working diligently to get back into good graces with their customers. With promotions involving generous bonus airline miles, increased cash back percentages, and gift cards galore, it recalls the old song that goes "Working my way back to [...]

Categories: Rewards Cards
A friend of mine is an authorized user on a credit card in which the primary card holder has a large balance. How can she get her name off of this card?

Question: A friend of mine is an authorized user on a credit card in which the primary card holder has a large balance. How can she get her name off of this card and is she responsible for paying off the balance, none of which is her charges. Lastly, does this affect her credit? Any [...]

Categories: Miscellaneous, How Cards Work
The new rules of the balance transfer game

Life was once good for balance transfer card hacks. Very good indeed. Some of history's best balance transfer credit card offers ensured life was good. Back in the day, credit card companies didn't merely charge zero interest for months and cap or outright waive transfer fees for new cardholders for an initial period. They also applied [...]

Categories: Balance Transfer
Inside the life of Centurion cardholder Taysha Valez

No. 3 Most-Viewed CardRatings.com Article of 2011* You probably think the holders of the very best credit cards, such as the American Express Centurion (the "black card"), are all celebrities. But that may not be the typical Centurion member. Perhaps a better example is Taysha Valez, the 29-year-old founder of myTAY PCS, a mobile phone and Internet [...]

Categories: Tips
Inside the world of Centurion cardholder Don Sabatini

Rumors and speculation abound when it comes to the very best credit cards such as the infamous, invitation-only American Express Centurion card, also called the "black card." How do you get invited? Who has one? We contacted 29-year-old entrepreneur Don Sabatini, founder and chairman of SecretEntourage.com and a Centurion member, to get the truth about the [...]

Categories: Tips
I have asked my bank for a lower APR but was denied. How can I find another credit card to get rid of my high interest rate without going through a debt agency?

Q: I have asked my bank for a lower APR but was denied. How can I find another credit card to get rid of my high interest rate without going through a debt agency? A: You have a couple of options here, depending on your comfort level with your current bank. The financial crisis rocked the routines [...]

Categories: Chase Credit Cards, Balance Transfers, Discover Card Credit Cards, Citibank Credit Cards, How Cards Work
How can I raise MY debt ceiling?

Do you have the best credit card you can qualify for? Maybe you did when you applied for your current card, but by now you may have improved your credit score or increased your income, and you think you deserve some extra headroom when it comes to making purchases. Or perhaps you have plans for [...]

Categories: How Cards Work , Tips
Best credit cards for job seekers

Even as economists debate whether the U.S. could experience a double-dip recession, unemployed and underemployed Americans agree on one thing: looking for work can get expensive. Fortunately, the best credit cards offer ways that you can actually save money during your job hunt, as long as you use them responsibly. Best credit card for the all-important [...]

Categories: Best Cards
How to teach your teen to handle credit

You've watched as your child took his or her first steps, endured the first haircut and learned to ride a bike. Now your little one has grown into a teenager and you've decided he or she is ready to take on the personal financial responsibility of that first credit card. What's the best student credit [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy
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